Whidbey Island Collection

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  1. I agree with your thinking. A small gold coin with a mintage of only 50,000 should normally all be produced with one pair of dies. Those are excellent pictures and I am sure that we are looking at a die crack and not a scratch. You should be able to easily confirm that with a magnifying glass. A die crack will be raised above the surrounding surface, while a scratch will leave a depression below the surrounding surface. I have read that the U. S. mint in the mid 1870's was normally able to strike 100,000 Indianhead cents before replacing the dies. In some cases they were able to ac
  2. Opening a slab is easy if you have a band saw. My saw has very fine teeth like a hack saw and I simply carefully cut around all four edges and lift the two halves of the slab apart. Never any danger of having a coin fall or get scratched that way. Andy
  3. Thanks for doing such a nice job on the photo. I am not a Morgan Dollar expert by any means, but in my opinion your coin is genuine. I believe your coin is a Breen 5647 (VAM-8) variety. Your mintmark is a medium oval with a slit opening which was used by the New Orleans mint in 1879-84 and again in 1888-89. Breen calls this variety "rare". I am not sure if this variety commands any premium or not. Andy (Whidbey Island Collection)
  4. I agree that this move is a slap in the face to us that own NGC coins. This will only reduce the demand for coins in NGC holders and hence their resale value. Two years ago NGC stated the reason for the elimination of PCGS coins was that PCGS grading standards had declined to the point that it was no longer "fair" to allow PCGS and NGC coins to compete evenly against each other. So what makes it "fair" now to allow a PCGS coin that was graded two years ago to compete equally against a NGC coin? By the way, I personally feel that PCGS grading standards are equal or better than